Jen Weiss is the director of Youth Speaks NY. She is co-author of Brave New Voices.
JUL-AUG 2006 | Local
Lolo wakes up at 5:30 in the morning while the sky is still dark. He jets out of his apartment in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx by 6:30 and hops the 6 train southbound to 125th to catch the 4 train northbound to Mosholu Parkway, getting to his high school in the Bronx by about 7:45. If he gets there any later, the lines outside his school prevent him from landing in his first period class by 8:15. If hes late, even by a minute, he sits in the lunchroom for the entirety of first period. Three days out of five, Lolo is late for first period.
JULY-AUG 2001 | Poetry
he Bringing the Noise youth open mic doesnt start until 6 pm, but already teenagers swarm the sidewalk outside the venerable Nuyorican Poets Café.
MAR 2005 | Dance
To quote Whitney Houston, I believe the children are our future. And after sitting through two grin-inducing, inspirational performances choreographed by dancers between the ages of 6 and 23, I believe this even more, particularly when contemplating a new generation of movement creators.